BC Beer Baron #201 – Kwantlen Brewing Program Porter

With their program facilities right around the corner, it was no surprise to see the Kwantlen Brewing Program set up shop at Langley’s Tip N’ Taste. What was a little surprising was just how good their beer was, in only their second year of appearing at the beer fest.

The Porter they offered may have been my favourite selection of the night and that’s amongst some very stiff competition. Perhaps it benefitted from being one of only a few dark beers available to sample, but the taste and quality of the brew can’t be denied.

Kwantlen Brewing Program

I did try one of Kwantlen’s beers at the 2015 Tip N’ Taste, but wasn’t blown away by it. Clearly, the program is making strides in their development of beverages. Unfortunately, I can’t find much info on this product, but should the opportunity arise, I would endorse little sippers trying the school’s wares.

The program even allows beer sales to the public every Wednesday (12-6pm) and Friday (1-5pm) afternoon at their brewing lab. As a proud Kwantlen alum, I hope to get out there sometime for a growler fill in the near future.

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BC Beer Baron #175 – Stanley Park SunSetter Summer Ale

Each month, as part of this 366-day BC craft beer extravaganza that I will be sharing with you throughout 2016, I will highlight a specific style or theme of beers for a whole week of articles. Fruit beers may have some traditionalists up in arms, but if they only them a chance, they would see how good the beverages can be. In putting together this feature week, I tried to incorporate as many different fruits as possible, so let’s see what BC has to offer in this realm.

Mrs. Sip and I recently attended a talk and tasting opportunity, titled: From Barley to Beer, with Kwantlen Polytechnic University Brewing Program instructor Alek Egi. At that event, the Sip Advisor was able to reacquaint himself with an old friend from Stanley Park Brewing.

The SunSetter Summer Ale is an unfiltered wheat beer, which features a nice peach flavour that is not overwhelming. This results in a refreshing beverage that as the name should suggest, is ideal during the summer months. The seasonal release carries stats of 4.8% ABV and 16 IBUs and is available in a number of ways, including Stanley Park’s Summer Edition mixed 12-pack.

Stanley Park SunSetter Summer Ale

I first enjoyed this beer while on vacation last year in Penticton, BC. It was suggested to me by Cousin Sip, who’s a big fan of the product, picking up cases whenever she finds the summer seasonal during the long and lonely winter. Suggested pairings include Caprese salad, steamed clams and grilled pork tenderloin. The SunSetter won a gold medal at the 2015 World Beer Championships in the Flavored Wheat Beer category.

While chatting with the Stanley Park representative, we learned that plans are coming together for the brewery to finally open a tasting room. It was also revealed that Stanley Park will be releasing an India Brown Ale in the fall, which has my interest piqued, as I don’t believe I’ve ever tried that style of suds before.

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